NEXT FUTURE was GIRL NEXT DOOR’s 2nd album. It was released on January 20, 2010. It was released in two editions a CD+DVD edition and a CD only edition. First press editions included a photobooklet and a Non-stop Euro Remix disc of their debut album respectively.
3. Winter Crystal
4. Sora e
6. Seeds of dream
7. Artemis (INST)
9. Muboubi na Jun’ai
10. Suzukaze Kaoru Hana (INST)
12. Be your wings
13. Koi no Mahou
*Color Indicates A Previous Release
Well well, after another year of GND we have another album. But the one question is whether or not it’s as repetitive as the 1st album, and whether or not it’s all that good.
First off, let me say that this album IS REPETITIVE. If you were looking for something else and something different I suggest you stop reading right now and move on to another review, preferably here 😉 Now this is just what I’ve gathered from sampling most of the tracks. Yes there are those that stand out, but the majority are very eurobeat sounding.
So GND started out by releasing Seeds of dream, Infinity, Be your wings, FRIENDSHIP, and finally Orion. Honestly all of them sounded the same. All were very eurobeat sounding, nice to dance to for a while, but easily forgettable. The one song that stood out as amazing and a work of art was Orion, which was more of a mid-tempo ballad, well their attempt at a ballad, it’s better than nothing.
So basically after the two instrumentals, Artemis which sounded regal, classical, and just plain epic, Suku Kaze Kaoru Hana which was short and acoustic, you have 7 brand new songs.
One of the brand new songs is entitled Jump. It’s pretty clear that this is the song that’s meant to “push” the album, but I doubt it’ll work. It’s honestly nothing special. It’s GND all the way. On the bright side it’s not as bad as some of their other releases though.
Slightly breaking the trend is Winter Crystal. While it still retains that GND eurobeat sound, it is different. Things have been slowed down a bit, and the music isn’t nearly as obnoxious as usual.
And then you have tracks like Sora e, Tri△ngle, and finally Koi no Mahou. All of these songs have the eurobeat sound and all are equally as obnoxious as well as annoying. Songs like these are primarily
Slightly more rock driven is Muboubi na Jun’ai. While it still sounds very eurobeat, it’s a lot slower than the other songs. It’s also slightly more aggressive and again rock sounding. There’s more percussion, less of an emphasis on the keyboard, and the guitar is pretty much in change. It’s a nice change.
Easily the best new track, as well as the only one that truly stood out, is sa・ku・ra. It’s the closet thing to a mid-tempo ballad, and probably as long as one. You can even hear the strings in this song =O and if that wasn’t enough there are even some oriental strings! To some extent it still sounds GND, but for the most part it’s completely different and a hell of a lot better than any of their other releases.
In conclusion: YOU FAIL! This album essentially sucks. You had your shitty singles that sounded the same, except for one, and even that sounded pretty similar to the singles. I can honestly say that I’ve lost all faith in GND. This is probably the last album I’ll review from them, as I won’t care enough to listen to any more of their releases. I have to give them credit for sa・ku・ra because it’s the most unique thing they’ve done and it’s probably their best song. But other than that most of the songs were repetitive and sounded exactly the same. It was fine the first time around but playing the same things over and over gets annoying. And if it wasn’t for sa・ku・ra and Orion this album would have 0 stars. NEXT FUTURE my ass, more like NEXT FAILURE!